Today on my stop on the blog tour for Lady Colombia by Stacy Christopher Zaghloul, I will be sharing an excerpt with you all.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Laidy is a young woman living outside Bogotá, Colombia. She applies herself in school, works a part-time job, and helps to look after her aging father. Her exertions begin to take an emotional toll. An estrangement with her sister is particularly painful, leading her to investigate unanswered questions about her past. To resolve these doubts, she must traverse the world of narco-traffickers, a task she is loath to do. Along the way, she travels to parts of Colombia she has never seen and learns that her family history is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
A genre-bending novel which incorporates elements of the women’s literature, Latina, coming-of-age, mystery, contemporary romance, historical fiction, family life and multicultural genres, Lady Colombia is a moving tale that guides readers through the splendid cultural weave of the land, whilst delivering on the promise of the unputdownable. This stunning debut work will resonate with readers for years to come.
HERE’S THE EXCERPT
Laidy stepped into her small bedroom and took in its qualities. The whole house needed painting, that much was evident. She perched at the end of her bed, the mattress groaning its disapproval. The ceramic tiled floor was still tidy after yesterday’s sweeping. There was a small table she had converted into a desk, its surface piled with orderly stacks of books. Plastic drawers in the corner held folded clothing under a small bar on the wall from which she hung several garments. A dress she once wore to a wedding; a few blouses, shiny from years of starch and ironing; jeans that Yulie had given her as cast-offs. Taking in her meager wardrobe, she recalled the exchange that had prompted her sister’s charity.
“Look, girl,” Yulie had started in, “you will never get a man if you keep dressing in clothes from the supermarket!”
Laidy hadn’t taken offense from the remark. She had always worn comfortable, practical things. It wasn’t that Laidy wasn’t pretty or didn’t develop crushes on boys.
She was simply more interested in the mysteries of the world, of life itself, revealed to her when she read or studied her school assignments. Even though she felt repulsed by dissections carried out in biology class, viewing cells under the microscope thrilled her. And while she found mathematics intimidating, she enjoyed history and philosophy. These concepts represented a different world, a different life. Something new. Something greater than herself, greater than Fusa.
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Many thanks to Love Books Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University (whoop!) and SMU’s Dedman School of Law. I am a happily inactive member of the District of Columbia’s bar association. A native Houstonian, I have also lived in Dallas, Beijing, and Bogota.
I taught special education students and English language learners in Texas, and spent some years in the administration of special education services. I also had the privilege to advocate for students with disabilities in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. I recently published my first novel, Lady Colombia, for Amazon. I am currently writing my third book, loosely based on the life of my Palestinian Venezuelan mother-in-law.
When I am not writing, I am reading, gardening, listening to music, painting, and attempting to cook. I have been blessed with two lovely daughters, the eldest of whom is attending university in Florida, the younger completing secondary school in Texas. I live in Oklahoma with my husband Jose and my dog Jet.
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